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Papa Pig's Comment
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I caught hell learning to back the automatic transmission because of the jerky motion. You will get used to it. (Really I promise!)

What account did you end up taking?

This training period will be over before you know it.

Mackerel (Mike D.)'s Comment
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I’m going to be on a Western regional dry van. Claimed to be 70% drop and hook , Bi-weekly home time. We are waiting at the Home Towne Lodge for a trainer. I know that the more “picky” I am the longer it could take to get out of here, but I am hoping for a positive experience. The KW’s seem less touchy than the FL’s, we were backing up a slight incline, so even a manual might have needed a touch of throttle. See y’all on the road soon.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Mackerel (Mike D.)'s Comment
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Monday. Still waiting in Omaha. My big decision today is what time to do laundry. We get lunch only at the hotel, the ‘Rona’ stopped breakfast from being a thing. Saturday I spent about 2 hours just riding around with the shuttle driver.

Mackerel (Mike D.)'s Comment
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Update for today. I am going to be flown back to Utah from Nebraska. It looks like I will be training with a home daily Net-Ops driver. Okay it is what it is, it’s a midnight to noon shift. Hoping to make it positive, in a hotel room every day for training, it’s about a 100 mile commute from home. So weekends home will be okay.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Update for today. I am going to be flown back to Utah from Nebraska. It looks like I will be training with a home daily Net-Ops driver. Okay it is what it is, it’s a midnight to noon shift. Hoping to make it positive, in a hotel room every day for training, it’s about a 100 mile commute from home. So weekends home will be okay.

Mike,

Actually sounds quite 'positive' to me !!! Preferable shift IMHO, too.

Ya know, 100 mile commute...hotel, wife could visit! Home weekends; heck yeah!

Think of all the grasshoppers that are out MONTHS before seeing home. I'm happy for ya!!

~ Anne ~

ps: Always reading updates, good sir!

Mackerel (Mike D.)'s Comment
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Thanx Anne. I spoke with my trainer today. He is on a day shift. 6am to 6ish pm. Bend like a reed, flex not break😜

Mackerel (Mike D.)'s Comment
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In SLC. Begin training in earnest tomorrow morning.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Thanx Anne. I spoke with my trainer today. He is on a day shift. 6am to 6ish pm. Bend like a reed, flex not break😜

In SLC. Begin training in earnest tomorrow morning.

Hail. To. The. YEAH!!!! Flex & bend, indeed, like a reed. . . . always. (The ones in the wind, AND the woodwinds!)

Adaptivity is a definite gift/trait. (aka: life!) Sometimes its 'all' just 'Tuck & Roll...' ya know?

I'll be following ! Flipping days & nights isn't that hard, if you ever need advice, LMK for sure.

Hope it's a prolific arrangement, for you AND your trainer, good sir! Happy travels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

~ Anne ~

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DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Mackerel (Mike D.)'s Comment
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Finished my first run. Drop and hook on both ends. We have today off so I will be doing laundry and napping. I might even be able to get home. The trickiest part is that my parents are in assisted living and I am POA, dealing with insurance companies from on the road—Grrr, timing is tricky, company is on Central time, I am in Mountain time, mom and dad are in Pacific, and insurance company is in Eastern time—Grrr

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Mackerel (Mike D.)'s Comment
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Salt lake to Cheyenne lots of drop and hook. Day 5 with an automatic transmission and it is making more sense to me. But good god the entire state of Wyoming is under construction, what gives?!!

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

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